Guide to Buying a House: Articles on Buying a Home, Choosing a Realtor, Sales, Prices, Foreclosures & More

Buying a Home

  • Tips for Purchasing an REO Home

    The abundance of foreclosed homes has made purchasing an REO home desirable for real estate investors as well as first-time home buyers. The process can be overwhelming for newbies and often includes more than a few potential pitfalls. Some advice, tips...
    By Susan Barton August 14, 2011 

  • Buy and Bail: Walking Away From Your Current Home

    Some homeowners have considered purchasing a new home and allowing their current home to be foreclosed on. This practice has been labeled "Buy and Bail" and is a risky maneuver at best. Homeowners can (and are) prosecuted if it can be...
    By Finn Orfano August 10, 2011 

  • Fannie Mac & Freddie Mac Rules: What Are the Major Differences?

    Freddie Mac was originally created by Congress in 1970 as a private corporation. One of the reasons for the charter was to provide competition for Fannie Mae. They work in two separate markets - FNMA works with many lenders and banks while FMAC works...
    By Finn Orfano August 5, 2011 


  • Best Practices in Purchasing Bank-Foreclosed Homes

    Get tips on buying foreclosed homes and learn why buying through real estate owners (REO), is better than buying at auctions. However, know the best practices in buying foreclosed properties using bank loan facilities, in order to maximize the...
    By ciel s cantoria July 18, 2011 

  • Buying a New Home? Avoid These Five Common Errors

    Before you buy a home, whether it’s your first home, or even the second, there are some errors home seekers make all the time; some without even realizing the mistake. Learn some of the top five mistakes buyers make and how to avoid them.
    By Jean Scheid July 14, 2011 

  • How Homeowners Insurance Works

    “How does homeowners insurance work?” is a question most first-time home buyers ask. While individual policies will vary, most homeowners insurance policies cover the same basics. These include property damage and replacement of stolen...
    By theMallorys July 11, 2011 


  • Deciding the Owning vs. Renting Debate

    The would-be buyer has the opportunity to make home ownership advantages work in her favor. From social to financial gains, there are distinct benefits to putting a rental behind you – if you do it correctly.
    By Sylvia Cochran July 8, 2011 

  • What Credit Score do Mortgage Lenders Want before They Offer a Prime Loan?

    What should be the minimum FICO score to buy a house without being forced to get a sub-prime loan? Experts differ on what constitutes a good credit score but a minimum credit score of 620 is necessary to get a prime loan.
    By Mariam Anthony July 6, 2011 

  • How to Make a Successful Bid on a House

    Knowing how to make a successful bid on a house can mean the difference between walking away with the house of your dreams and losing a bidding war with another motivated buyer. It can also mean the difference between getting stuck with a money pit and...
    By Peter Boysen July 6, 2011 

  • All About Used FEMA Trailers

    Find out where and how to purchase used FEMA trailers to find some potential bargains. Yet let the buyer beware: there are some serious problems associated with the purchase of these travel trailers that you should know about before making your bid!
    By Sylvia Cochran July 5, 2011 
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